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54th UKLA International Conference 2018 - Cardiff

Literacies in a changing world: creativity, criticality, empowerment.

This event took place Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July 2018
54th UKLA International Conference 2018 - Cardiff


This conference will provide inspiration and direction to literacy teachers, researchers and educators seeking to take an active part in shaping equitable futures against the background of economic, environmental and political turmoil that has characterised the first part of the 21 st century. It will explore the resourcefulness of practitioners, researchers and the individuals and groups they work with, within or beyond formal educational contexts. The conference presents a rich opportunity to share perspectives and experiences across regions and nations, and to address pressing questions about how to support learners in their current and future participation in the world around them: how can we celebrate and respond to diverse literacies in everyday life? How are literacies changing and how far are existing curriculum and assessment frameworks fit for purpose? What are the intersections between literacy, social participation and active citizenship? What kinds of research methodologies and evidence are needed to inform debates about current practice and future possibilities? 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Friday - Patricia E. Enciso: Patricia is a professor of literacy, literature, and equity studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio USA. Her research focuses on middle-school youth and the ways they mobilize cultural repertoires, imagination, and the arts in the production and interpretation of their own and others’ storyworlds. Dr. Enciso has served as an executive and board member of the Literacy Research Association since 2011, as the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacies research director (2011–2015) and chair and board member of the NCTE Research Foundation (2002–2005). She is coauthor of Reframing Sociocultural Theory in Literacy Research: Identity, Agency, and Power (2007), coeditor of The Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature (2010), and coeditor of the (forthcoming) Handbook of Research on Reading: Volume V. Her most recent research is published in English Teaching: Practice and Critique (2016) and the Journal of Literacy Research (2017). Read more.

Friday - Jonny Walker: Jonny is an Assistant Headteacher at Park Primary School in Stratford, East London. He is interested in storytelling, outdoor education and citizenship. Recent exciting projects have included collaborating with the poet Adisa to run a poetry retreat in the New Forest, for children from East London schools, and working across local primaries and secondaries to develop speechmaking events. Before teaching, he studied Social and Political Sciences, and hoped originally to teach Sociology in secondary schools; primary teaching became the happiest of accidents. Jonny is currently exploring how primary children’s immersion in new media literacies and texts, such as viral videos and memes, contribute towards them creating their own esoteric social spaces. He will be talking about the role of anecdote, optimism and storytelling in the relational life of the primary classroom. Outside of teaching, Jonny enjoys writing, binge-watching box sets with his cats, hoarding children's books, consuming hummus and occasionally summoning the energy to go canoeing.

Saturday - Keri Facer: Keri is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol, UK. Her work is concerned with understanding how societies adapt to environmental, economic and technological change, and in particular the role of education institutions and cities in such changes. Since 2012 she has been Leadership Fellow for the UK Research Council’s ‘Connected Communities’ Programme, a unique £30m+ experiment in bringing together academics and civil society groups to co-produce research in areas ranging from health and wellbeing to sustainability and cultural heritage. Prior to this, she was Research Director at Futurelab, bringing together creative, digital, academic and practitioner expertise to innovate with new models of education exploiting everything from early stage augmented reality to brain-computer interfaces. In 2009, she led the Beyond Current Horizons programme for the UK government to consider critical trends and challenges facing education over the next two decades. She has worked with organisations ranging from UNESCO and the BBC to the Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. In recent years, her focus has shifted away from technologies toward a particular concern with the ways we imagine the future, and the alternative futures that might be envisaged and used as a resource for creativity and social change. Read more.

Saturday - David Almond: David is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, The Savage, The Tightrope Walkers, A Song for Ella Grey, The Tale of Angelino Brown and many other novels, stories, picture books, songs, opera librettos and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. He speaks regularly at festivals and conferences around the world. His major awards include The Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, The Eleanor Farjeon Award, The Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world’s most prestigious prize for children’ authors. He has been a teacher in primary, special and adult education. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

‘A writer of visionary, Blakean intensity.’ The Times.

‘A master storyteller.’ The Independent.

‘David Almond’s books are strange, unsettling wild things – unfettered by the normal constraints of children’s literature. They are, like all great literature, beyond classification.’ The Guardian

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Sunday (Harold Rosen Lecture) - John Potter: John is Reader in Media in Education at the UCL Knowledge Lab, part of the Department of Culture, Communication and Media, University College London. He is a founder member of the DARE Collaborative (Digital Arts Research in Education). He has presented his research as keynote or contributor at many international conferences and seminars and has published a number of books and journal papers in the field of media in education, technology in education. Before joining UCL-IOE in 2007, John worked in primary teacher education at Goldsmiths College and at the University of East London. And prior to that he worked as a primary school teacher in East London and, later, a local authority advisory teacher for ICT.  John has worked with colleagues in a number of international settings including Australia (in Melbourne with Monash University), Chile (University of Santiago), New Zealand (Waikato), Norway (Oslo and Trondheim), Finland (Tampere) and more. In the UK he is an executive member and trustee of the Media Education Association. In addition to academic publication in books and papers he has also written research-based books for teachers and teacher-educators. Read more.

The Call for Papers is now closed.

We look forward to seeing you all there! 

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